Art in Tompkins County: Then and Now II




Gallery artists open the new year with art that reflects Ithaca’s past and present. State of the Art will celebrate Tompkins County Bicentennial with half of our artists having shown their work in January, and the other half in February.

This month’s artists: Eva Capobianco, Gurdon Brewster, Daniel McPheeters, Jane Dennis, Janet Sherman, Margaret Reed, Margy Nelson , Shirley Hogg , Erin Deneuville , Barbara Mink , Patty Porter , Connie Zehr , Stan Bowman, Mary Ann Bowman


Up Close and Personal


Diana Ozolins and Margy Nelson will be showing works on paper and canvas at the State of the Art Gallery.  They are long term friends who met as natural science illustrators. Thirty years later, they still share an enduring love of nature, while exploring different styles and media. Diana paints primarily with oil and palette knife, and Margy draws in line and color on the computer. “Up Close and Personal,” their first joint show, runs from July 30 to August 31, 2014, at the State of the Art Gallery, 120 West State Street. There will be a reception for the artists on August 1 from 5-8 pm.  The artists will be present at the gallery Saturdays in August.

Diana Ozolins

Margy Nelson


Watercolors will fill the main gallery at State of the Art in February. This show features the work of gallery member Margy Nelson and guest artist Shirley Hogg. Margy says she has been communing with the Elemental spirits of Earth, Air, Fire and Water to capture their voices on paper and Shirley has been invoking the voices of the underworld, the animal Shamans who protect their earthly creatures. There will be an opening reception for the artists on Gallery Night, Friday, Feb. 3 from 5-8pm with a wine tasting co-hosted by Knapp Winery and Glenora Wine Cellars. Show dates are Feb. 1 through 26, 2012.

The Salon at the gallery will feature work by other gallery artists: paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, and collage.The gallery is located at 120 W. State Street in Ithaca and it is ADA accessible with curbside parking. Hours are Wed. – Fri., 12-6pm and Sat. & Sun., 12-5pm. Contact information: 607-277-1626 and

Frances Fawcett & Margy Nelson

January, 2009

Landscapes & Labyrinths
Frances Fawcett and Margaret Nelson

Wednesday, January 7, through Sunday, February 1, 2009
Opening reception:
Friday, January 9, 5:00-8:00 pm
Second reception: Friday, January 23, 5:00-8:00 pm (Gallery Night)

“Landscapes & Labyrinths”, a two-person exhibition of new work by Margaret Nelson and Frances Fawcett, will be the first show of 2009 at the State of the Art Gallery. Because January is a month for a number of art-related events in Ithaca, there will be two receptions for the artists. The first will be Friday, January 9, 5:00-8:00 pm and two weeks later, in conjunction with Ithaca’s Light in Winter Festival, a second reception will take place on Friday, Jan 25, 5:00-8:00 pm. This is also Gallery Night in downtown Ithaca. Both receptions are at the gallery, free and open to the public.

Heart of Gold

Some of Margy Nelson’s art reflects the subject matter and precision she brings to her “day job” as a biological illustrator. The rest is her escape from precision into free association, in watercolor and “digital paint.” Here is what she has to say:
“Though normally an articulate person, I find myself to be inarticulate about my art. The meditative process of creation does not translate easily into words… Art, after all, is a visual, not a verbal, medium. So take a look at my images and decide for yourself what I am about. Whatever that may be, its exploration gives me great pleasure. I hope it will give you some pleasure too.”


Acrylic landscape paintings — large and small, expansive and intimate — make up Frances Fawcett’s share of the show. One of her interests is capturing the gestures of line in grasses, wood and water. She likes to paint environments that invite the viewer in, or that the viewer can imagine inhabiting were they a different creature altogether — a small mammal or an insect — or that call attention to the interest and beauty of often overlooked places in the landscape.

This is not the first time these two artists and friends have collaborated on an exhibition. They are both members of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and this past summer, they organized an exhibit of sixty-five pieces of scientific illustration to hang at Cornell’s Hartell Gallery. Nelson says submissions came from all over the world and it was a very impressive collection.

This exhibit is funded in part by a grant from the New York
State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program.

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